With summer approaching, many of you might be considering cycling to get out and about, instead of driving. We understand that not everyone is an avid cyclist, or maybe you’re not too confident when it comes to cycling.
That is why here at Smarter Travel, we would like to advise, guide, and support you in all ways possible.
If you don’t but are keen to try cycling, why not ask a friend or a family member if you could borrow a bike from them? Borrowing a bike from a friend or family has no cost implications to start with, and they can even show you some of their own favourite cycle routes whilst you get established.
If this isn’t an option, then look up rental bikes in your area:
In Norwich for example, Beryl has over 580 bikes available. All you need to do is download the Beryl app, sign up, and check the map to see where your closest Beryl bay is and you are ready to go.
In Suffolk, if you are looking for bike hire or rentals, check out the Suffolk Cycle Hire website. They have a great range of bikes available, and they even deliver bikes to your doorstep.
Borrowing a bike or renting one is a great start for any beginner. This way you can explore and build confidence with your cycling.
If you would like to start cycling to work, check if your employer has a cycle to work scheme. This is an employee benefit supported by the government that saves you 25-39% on a bike and accessories to get you started on cycling to work. The cycle to work schemes can be different with each company, so check with your company to see what they have to offer!
Now that you have a bike sorted, where to go now?
Not a problem! Did you know there are plenty of courses and resources from various organisations that support people to cycle?
Beryl also offers free minutes for all Bikeability learners.
Our director Martin, who cycles into our Norwich office a couple of times week, suggested that:
“It is important to avoid doing too much too soon as a beginner. When getting started, make sure to learn how to use different gears on your bike to get the most out of the bicycle. Try the gears on an off-road cycleway, away from traffic to get used to them! And his golden tip is to check the ABCs (air, brakes and chain) before every ride.”
Our Smarter Travel Associate, Ray, who also cycles into our Norwich office, but everyday, suggested that:
“Make sure that you have a bike that is the right size for you. There are lots of stuff online that work out what size bike is best for your height. Get a good bike lock such as a d-lock and register if it’s a new bike. Getting a decent puncture kit, even a small one could possibly save you up a lot of money long term. If you are not a confident cyclist, sign up for cycle training.”
If you would like more information, please speak to one of your Travel Plan Coordinators, and we will be more than happy to assist you.